Harvest Moon: Mad Dash It's not your typical Harvest Moon. Instead of moving to a farm and starting a family, Mad Dash you have to race to harvest, harvest fish or milk the cows alongside another player. It's a frantic version of a franchise that has long been playing with the players' long-term investments.
Yes Mad Dash seems outside of that Harvest Moon maybe, producer Yasutaka Maekawa has a counter – Mario. It's not just the traditional Mario platform games, he says, but also sports, racing, board games and more. "Traditional Harvest Moon is no longer a long game, "says Maekawa." Why not go in front, make a really fast game, but have this Harvest Moon do you feel – crops, watering, animal care? "
In Mad Dash, the answer is obvious: set the clock on a few minutes and get the players to work together to achieve the best scores. The game is filled with different tasks at each level, whether it's stacking crops to make them fat or rolling balls for hungry cows. From my experience, it works best when you communicate with your partner and divide the job. One person focuses on this type of culture, while your friend takes another. The different plants are designated by their color and take time to harvest. Try to make your plants too big, however, and you could accidentally kill the entire crop.
The developers have introduced dangers into the mix. A cave-like level had lava flowing from the ceiling. If you are not careful – or if you work too slowly – your hard work will be fatigued. Each level allows you to move constantly. Maekawa says that at the base, Mad Dash always defends the fundamental principles of what makes Harvest Moon so good – "happy, family friendly gaming."
Harvest Moon: Mad Dash launches for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 this fall.